Nigeria’s Olympic basketball team has hit the ground running in recent days as they prepare for the Tokyo Olympics.
Led by Miami Heat point guard Gabe Vincent, the D’Tigers on Saturday became the first African team to defeat the invincible Team USA and its NBA stars. A 90-87 victory that proved the work of coach Mike Brown.And on Monday, the team backed up their weekend achievement by beating world fourth ranked team Argentina 94-71. That was also a first for an African nation.
With seven NBA players in its ranks, Gabe Vincent but also Okafor, Achiuwa and Okogie, Nigeria relies on a strong community of disapora players based in the United States.
“The fact that we are playing well in these games can lift the spirits of a lot of people, not only in Nigeria, but also in the African continent. And also, there are a lot of black people in the world, especially in the diaspora, who identify with the African continent. And so, it can help to uplift, unite, connect an entire group.” the coach of the dazzling Nigerian side explained.
With these two historic successes. the highly rated Nigerian side is expected by many to get a medal at the Tokyo Olympics games.